EPA Issues Clarification on RRP Enforcement Delay
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued further guidance regarding its June 18th decision to give renovation firms and workers additional time to obtain necessary training and certifications to comply with its new lead rules. A new question-and-answer document was recently posted on the EPA Web site.
The delay in enforcement of Renovation, Repair and Painting training and certification requirements "does not change the requirement that all contractors take steps to protect children and families from the dangers of lead poisoning by becoming certified and following the work practice standards and the associated recordkeeping requirements," the EPA guidance emphasizes.
"EPA is not stopping its enforcement against any renovation firms and individual renovators who do not comply with requirements of work practice standards and associated recordkeeping requirements," it also states.
The document also notes that contractors in states with their own RRP programs should be aware of the particular requirements within their states. "As of June 21, 2010, eight states—Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, Rhode Island, Utah, and Oregon—administer and enforce their own RRP programs," EPA notes. "Renovators working in these states must comply with all applicable state laws, notwithstanding this guidance."